Bertolt Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given a new production directed by John Doyle ("The Color Purple") for Classic Stage Company. More…
In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him? Written in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s greatest box office successes.
See it if Important, thought-provoking themes. Great acting. Interesting and relevant. The announcers' notes on the actual facts throughout helped
Don't see it if Confusing. Actors playing too many parts without a costume change to denote it. Could be condensed and some parts cut.
See it if Great acting from Esparza & cast. Important show that is still very relevant today.
Don't see it if Would have been better as 90min. By the time the story picks up in act2 I began to lose interest. A shame b/c there is some great material.
See it if You have any doubt that we are living through another very dark time in history. Magnificent acting. Raul is exceptional. Terrific writing.
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare there’s a good chance you won’t like this. Style and even just many parts of his plays are “borrowed” here.
See it if you want to see Brecht's 1941 allegory of Hitler's rise to power (via a fictional Chicago mobster) through the lens of today's political eye
Don't see it if you are in need of escapist entertainment; you have no interest in political or epic theater.
See it if Raul Esparza's incandescent, commanding turn as Arturo (aka Hitler) is worth the evening Solid ensemble tries hard to capture his luster
Don't see it if Doyle's minimalism ill-suited to Brecht's style or Tabori's translation Lacks necessary scope & magnitude; multiple casting is confusing
See it if you are a Brechtian: very rarely does this play receive a top-drawer production like this one.
Don't see it if you do not want to spend your brain cells trying to follow a needlessly complicated plot.
See it if Brechtian allegory of the simple gangster Ui vying to rule vegetable trade. Spare Doyle treatment of rise of fascism. Esparza is terrific.
Don't see it if Cast takes on multiple roles and without a programme, identies are lost.Nonsdescript contemp wardrobe. Odd lighting cues.John Doyle factory.
See it if Great acting, excellent ensemble work. Raúl Esparza was great. Sadly v. relevant.
Don't see it if you want something light. This is dark and serious and takes focus to listen carefully to what is being said. However also is entertaining.
See it if you enjoy a very intelligent political drama in true Brecht style. Interesting staging and very biting dialogue.
Don't see it if you do not like Bertolt Brecht or political drama. The dialogue is almost Shakespearean at times which I enjoyed.
See it if Want to see a strong cast deliver a focused performance of a lesser-Brecht work. It would help 2 know story beforehand, but it's riveting.
Don't see it if Don't want to follow difficult script w references to ancient Greece, Skspeare, '40's gangsters, & most important, the rise of nazism. Wordy
See it if Esparza as Chicago gangster (Hitler) takes over cauliflower market (Germany). Doyle guides great cast in vaudeville-style political romp.
Don't see it if political satire is not for you. Read the play's Wikipedia entry first. All the characters represent historical figures in 1930s Germany.
See it if you enjoy older plays that assume new meaning in context of today's political climate. Great performances especially Raul Esparza.
Don't see it if you don't like minimalist staging. Started slow with humor not really landing, but the cast won the audience over as the show progressed.
See it if you’d enjoy a compelling drama about the ways a group of people can be coerced into going along with immorality. This is a timely piece.
Don't see it if You want a light-hearted theater experience, and you don’t want to feel unsettled by the parallels between what unfolds in this play & RL.
See it if See it if You like Raul Esparza who gives a powerful performance. Good to see if you want to see a Brecht play.
Don't see it if Don't see it if You want scenery (John Doyle’s typical sparse set). Uneven acting. Feels amateurish. Strange staging, very harsh lighting.
See it if If you are a Brecht fan see this lesser known work with spot on relevance for today.Raul masterly leads an excellent cast.
Don't see it if Do not see if you perfer light dramas, easy linear storylines or musicals.
See it if you are interested in a parable about the greatest monster in recent history & how Hitler came to power. A frightening view of human nature.
Don't see it if you prefer fluffy plays without social commentary.
See it if You like political satire spoken in Shakespearean style. You like Brecht’s work. Raul was outstanding!
Don't see it if You don’t want a mish-mash of styles with somewhat confusing beginning to each scene. You don’t want Hitler mentioned in a show.
See it if you're interested in seeing a Brecht play brought to life with innovative staging and an astonishing tour de force performance by Esparza.
Don't see it if you're looking for something light and frivolous. This requires concentration and focus, but well worth it.
See it if you do your homework & are able to stay focused for the duration. You WILL be challenged by the confusing book but the acting's SO worth it.
Don't see it if you don't like political satire. This one will make you question a ton during intermission & force open-dialogue afterwards. Don't go alone.
See it if You enjoy political farce and are willing to put in the work needed to follow this complex play.
Don't see it if You are looking for escapist fare. This play is, sadly, highly relevant today, given the political situation in the U.S.
See it if You're interested in the political history of the Third Reich. You're patient and maybe willing to read a synopsis first.
Don't see it if You lose track of the plot when things get confusing.